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Windows 7: how to tell what ram i will need?

31 May 2013   #1
Not a guru

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 
how to tell what ram i will need?

I'm going to build a new computer and i'm not sure what ram i will need. Does it matter what ram i get or not? So can i get any type of ram?


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31 May 2013   #2
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

If you haven't bought your motherboard yet, find and download the manual for the motherboard you want to get. Usually, the motherboard manufacturer QVL (Qualified Vendor List) will be in there. Occasionally, the QVL is a separate download. Both can usually be found on the manufacturer's website.

Since QVLs contain only RAM that the motherboard manufacturer has actually tested (and are often out of date), if you don't like what you see in the QVL, check with the websites of several RAM manufacturers. Most of a RAM or memory finder that should tell you which of their products will work with the board you have chosen (really old or really new boards may not be listed).

If you aren't in a huge hurry to do your build, you might want to wait a monto or so to see what motherboards, etc. may be available for the new Haswell CPUs. They're due out in June and the MOBOs, coolers, etc. will be hot on they're virtual heels.
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31 May 2013   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

The first thing I would recommend doing is choosing your cpu and motherboard first.
Using there manuals with proper spec sheets do research on what ram to use.

To answer your question; YES it matters what ram is to be used.
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31 May 2013   #4
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

The CPU and motherboard limit your choice of RAM. If you cannot find info about it in the motherboard's manual (usually available in the manufacturer's site), tell your motherboard and CPU and someone will help you.
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31 May 2013   #5
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Just to add to what everyone else has said, when you look at that QVL list you will see all the specifications you need to buy any other RAM:
  • Ram type : most likely DDR3
  • Ram Speed (PCxxxxx): All speeds listed should work.
  • Timings (ex: 9-9-9-24): note the range of timings that apply to each RAM speed and try to stay in that range
  • Voltage : note the voltages and only use RAM with the same voltages. Voltage is the most important spec and the least likely to be listed in ads.
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31 May 2013   #6
Not a guru

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

i thinking of getting Intel Core i5 3570 3.40GHz Socket 1155 6MB L3 Cache and Asus P8Z77-M Z77 Socket 1155 8 Channel HD Audio mATX Motherboard.
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31 May 2013   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

What are you going to use the new machine for? This will help to determine how much RAM you need.

Is there a particular reason you are considering a microATX board?
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31 May 2013   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Get a full size ATX motherboard with at least 2 pci-express x16 slots.
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01 Jun 2013   #9
Not a guru

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

ok. ill get atx
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01 Jun 2013   #10
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Not a guru View Post
ok. ill get atx
Whoa, slow down. There is nothing wrong with microATX boards, depending what they are used for, which is why I asked why you chose one. Again, it would really be helpful if you would tell us what you want to do with your new machine. Internet surfing? Gaming? HTPC?
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